Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.
I decided a baby quilt would be a good first quilting project. Big enough to get a feel for all the stages in the process, but small enough that it’s easy to manhandle. As a bonus, the end-user won’t notice if it’s a bit wonky!
In the spirit of making things easy for myself, I got a jelly roll (Kona solids, classic palette). I love bright colours for babies, so I wanted to make a nice, bright quilt. I decided on a variation of the Trip Around the World pattern, using the tutorial at Quiltville – I made each quadrant of the square a different colour.
A lesson I learned (the hard way): do not pre-wash pre-cut fabric. I ended up with what can only be described as a tangled, frayed hot mess! It was awful. Even with pinked edges, the strips still frayed quite a bit. This had consequences for the whole sewing process – fraying changed the width of the strips (only I didn’t notice because I’m a beginner), which meant my squares came out rectangular.
Other things I learned:
- How to nest seams when sewing squares together
- When to press seams open
- The importance of pressing seams at all
- That a big stack of post-it notes make a very effective seam guide
For all its faults and flaws, I adore the finished top because it’s my first and it fulfilled my goals: to be cheerful, to be functional and to teach me something along the way. Now I need to learn about wadding (next post), basting, quilting and binding. Easy, right?